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Sonic Alert SBB500SS Sonic Bomb Loud Dual Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker
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- Turbo charged loud, vibrating alarm clock
- Shakes you awake with powerful bed shaker and adjustable extra loud alarm
- Built-in pulsating alert lights
- Adjustable volume and tone
- Snooze defuser
- Large red LCD
- Explosive red display
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The Sonic Bomb, AKA The Bomb, is for anyone at any age who thinks they might not wake up in the morning. At 113db, this dual alarm is sure to rattle your windows and force your eyes open. And if that doesn't put your feet on the floor, the pulsating alert lights and Super Shaker bed vibrating unit will. However if the room mate needs a little more shut eye, switch off the sound and wake to the powerful bed shaker and let the roomies crash a little longer.
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This clock is very lightweight and doesn't take up a lot of space. It has a large display and a battery back up. It has both volume and tone adjustments which are both absolutely a must for me. I have it set to the lowest tone and I can hear that just fine. I also have it set to the loudest volume setting which would probably scare the pants off of a person with perfect hearing but doesn't bother me when I hear it except to know I have to get up. There are nice features like the ability to adjust snooze time from 1-30 minutes and the ability to select the alarm duration from 1-59 minutes. I set the snooze for 5 minutes and the alarm time for the full time. I can always turn it off early.
Setting the clock is a little different. You can push a button to make the time go fast or slow. That is, rather than setting the hour, then the minutes, you have to push the button and let the clock cycle through every hour and minute. But it's very fast and, when you get close to the time you want to set the alarm, you switch to the slow button and get it just right. Not an issue, just different from the norm.
The clock has a bar on top which blinks red and other lights that also do the same when the alarm does off. It has a different sort of alarm pattern. It beeps three times, stops, then repeats until you tap the sleep bar or turn it off. Other clocks continuously beep until they're turned off. This doesn't affect the clock's power to wake me up but again, I am just so used to the Skull that I had to adjust to the new alarm pattern.
The bed shaker is effective. I usually put it under my pillow or in my pillow case when I use it. I can feel it quite well and even hear it because it has the pitch that my ears pick up. I generally only use the alarm but when I NEED to be sure I get up, I use the shaker and alarm and also set my Fitbit's silent vibrating alarm on my wrist for good measure.
This alarm is loud but not quite as loud as the Skull. It is certainly plenty loud enough for heavy sleepers and even for someone like me who has hearing loss. Setting the alarm, shaker or both is as easy as sliding a button up on the side of the clock.
This clock is a great choice for heavy sleepers and those who have hearing loss. Even if you can't hear the alarm, the shaker will do the job of waking you. The lights are a plus especially if the room is dark or dim. I like the clock but I am not sure of its durability. I guess time will tell but at this point, I feel confident that this will wake me up with just the alarm or the shaker. If you need a clock that's loud and also that has adjustable tone, this one is a good choice. The ability to adjust the tone makes all the difference in the world to people with hearing loss in either upper or lower pitches. I can not hear the clock at the loudest setting when I set the tone/pitch to the highest level. It's above my ability to hear just as birds are. But at the lowest tone, it's enough to wake me even out of deep sleep.
I am going with 4 stars because the Skull was a bit louder and I think the way you need to set the clock is a bit more work than setting the hour and minutes separately. But those are small things compared to all the good features this clock has. It will wake almost anyone up!
My son's alarm has worked perfectly since the day it arrived, so I had no qualms in deciding to buy one for myself last April. I am hard-of-hearing and I like the vibrating disc that goes under my mattress. It wakes me up right away. I don't even put on the noise--just the vibrator. It works great! It has gained 2 minutes in 5 months. I think people should READ THE DIRECTIONS and set the switch on the back for USA electric currents!
My son-in-law and daughter sleep through their alarms all the time--even when they have 2 or 3 of them set! I gave them my Sonic Bomb alarm clock 3 days ago and he has woke up on time every day since!
That is why I am purchasing my third one today. I need another one for me. These alarm clocks are great and I highly recommend them to heavy sleepers, hard-of-hearing, or even profoundly deaf people.
There are some features the clock has that are not mentioned in the description of the clock:
1) It has battery back-up--so when the electric goes out (ours goes out about 15 times a year) the clock still keeps time.
2) The alarm has the ability to be on just noise--really loud annoying beeping, which can be adjusted for loudness and tone (for hard-of-hearing people who hear some tones and not others)Or you can put it on just vibrate--for people like me who don't like to wake-up with adrenaline pumping through my body. Or you can really juice it up by putting on the noise AND vibrate your bed, which my son and son-in-law both use to wake-up.
3)It also has flashing red lights that go off when the alarm does to help people wake-up.
I do not have anything bad to say about the clock. I highly recommend buying one. Just make sure to read the directions pertaining to the switch on the back about setting it for which country you will be using it in.
August 9, 2012 Update: All 3 of our alarms are still working great!
February 9, 2014 Update: All 3 still working fantastic! The best alarms we have ever owned!